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Transfiguration des genres littéraires dans la littérature britannique contemporaine (Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Coe, Alain de Botton).

Abstract : This article interrogates the processes of reassessment of generic conventions in three British contemporary novels and tries to identify the path that leads from a normative and codified theory to transgressive and rule-free practices. The analysis focuses first on the simultaneous incorporation and subversion of the codes of romantic fiction in Boating for Beginners (1985) by Jeanette Winterson, then deals with the rejection of the concept of generic purity and the development of an hybridisation of genres in What a Carve Up ! (1994) by Jonathan Coe, and eventually considers the metatextual questioning of the conventions of biographical writing in Alain de Botton's atypical fictional biography, Kiss & Tell (1995). The aim of this paper is to determine to what extent these three writers consciously and deliberately manipulate generic rules and to highlight how reflexivity is now an integral part of literary creation.
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Vanessa Guignery. Transfiguration des genres littéraires dans la littérature britannique contemporaine (Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Coe, Alain de Botton).. Les littératures de genre. Typologie, codes et nouvelles structures, Mar 2001, Paris, France. pp.35-65. ⟨halshs-00607133⟩

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